North Shore: US Highway 61 from Duluth to the Canadian Border

Unspecified • 150 mi • 0 ft

General description: Hugging the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior for 150 miles, U.S. Highway 61 serves up some of the most spectacular scenery in the country—richly wooded hills, rock-bound bays and inlets, and the limitless horizon of the world’s largest lake. The view from Split Rock Lighthouse and the nautical atmosphere of Duluth, Two Harbors, and Grand Marais will have you humming “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Special attractions: Stunning views of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains; Canal Park, Glensheen mansion, and Skyline Drive in Duluth; strolling, shopping, dining, and lake watching in Grand Marais and Two Harbors; spectacular waterfalls at Gooseberry, Cascade, Judge C. R. Magney, and Grand Portage State Parks; historic Split Rock Lighthouse; agate hunting and trout fishing at the mouths of numerous coldwater streams; Grand Portage National Monument, a reconstructed eighteenth century fur-trading post; hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Two Harbors
Length: 150 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gooseberry Falls State Park
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Beautiful views of the north shore of Lake Superior. Reminds me of the coasts of Maine.

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